A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Tantalise your Taste-buds at this Culinary Cornucopia
A three to four-hour drive from central Melbourne lies Victoria's High Country. This stunning area in Victoria's north-east is renowned for its national parks, breath-taking mountains, beautiful lakes and fruitful vineyards. It has a colourful history of gold mining, bushrangers and cattlemen which serve to fuel the imagination of children and adults alike. Autumn is the perfect season to visit High Country because it plays host to the Feast High Country Festival – a celebration of all things culinary.
Feast High Country Festival is an annual event, celebrating the produce derived from this bountiful region of Australia. You can choose from more than 50 culinary events showcasing food, wine and craft beer, as you travel your way around High Country, getting up close with producers and makers of all this deliciousness. This year the festival will be held from May 3rd to May 19th and tickets are already available for purchase.
There are some wonderful towns included in this festival and if you haven't explored High Country before this could be the incentive you need. Beechworth and surrounds boast some of the best preserved gold-rush towns in Australia. The historic streetscapes and quality shops make Beechworth a destination in its own right and if you throw in a hatted restaurant, along with world-class wineries and breweries, you've got yourself one of Victoria's best-loved towns. Bright is well known for the beautiful autumnal colours it showcases, as well as popular restaurants, cafes and breweries. Mansfield, Rutherglen and Falls Creek are just a few more of the spectacular locations you could visit as part of this tantalising festival – choosing which places to visit might be the hardest part of your stay!
The events on offer are varied and abundant. If you're all about the food (yup – that's me) you might like to attend the Grand Opening Dinner, the Harvest Forage or Brewers Breakfast. If wine is more your style you could try 8 Brews in 8 Days or challenge yourself to some Wine Blending. Worried that your waistline might expand? You can combine exercise with eating on the Pedal and Taste tour of Beechworth, or don your tweeds on the popular all-terrain cycle tour known as the Tweed Ride.
With so many experiences on offer, it's worth checking out the Feast website and planning which events and areas you might like to explore. There's information on all the regions involved and a calendar of events, as well as explanations of what each event entails. Don't delay because this event is imminent and there could be a plate of mouth-watering morsels with your name on it.